Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG
Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG, is a United States and Canada Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. His interest in the topic piqued at age eight. Before coming on board at the 'Mecca' in 2010, he received a BA in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University, completed an internship in London studying emigration sources through the Immigrant Ancestors Project, and graduated with distinction from the MA programme in English Local History at the University of Leicester in England. He worked four years as a researcher and marketing director for Price and Associates Genealogical Services, where he gained 6000 hours of professional research experience. He is currently pursuing a PhD.
During his studies, Nathan assisted six professors in their research. His graduate studies have focused on tracing the origins and fates of English men, women, and children who migrated to Colonial America, particularly indentured servants and transported convicts.
At this stage in his career, he has been recognized as an Accredited Genealogist for the Mid-South United States, Gulf-South United States, and England and has lectured at several national and international conferences. He has 'edu-tained' audiences on Norwegian Cruise Lines in the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera.
Nathan's twenty years of expertise extends to the British Isles, the former British Empire, Central America, North America, South America, and Southwestern Europe. He has regularly worked with clients whose roots reach back into these parts of the world. His foreign language training includes: Early Modern English, French, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Welsh and he has conducted onsite research in many American and European archives.
Nathan is passionate about tracing immigrant origins and promoting DNA. His own DNA, and hence his Colonial Southern Murphy's DNA, matches Murphys from near County Cork, Ireland. Nathan has also learned, using this technique, that two of his other Colonial Southern ancestors originated in Cornwall and Devon England. He manages two Family Tree DNA surname projects.
Nathan served a term as a Commissioner for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), during which time he solicited speakers for two of their "Becoming an Excellent Genealogist" conferences. BYU's The Generations Project has drawn on his colonial knowledge for their show. He answered questions at one of the "Ask the Experts" desks at London's 2009 Who Do You Think You Are? Live! event and has published articles in scholarly genealogical journals in the United States and the United Kingdom.